Del Taco Restaurants, the second largest Mexican-American QSR chain by units in the United States, operating restaurants under the name Del Taco, today announced that its Board of Directors has increased the repurchase program for the Company’s common stock and warrants to $50 million (raised from $25 million). The increased authorization is effective immediately and will expire upon completion of the repurchase program unless terminated earlier by the Board of Directors.
Purchases under the program may be made in open market or privately negotiated transactions (including, without limitation, the use of Rule 10b5-1 plans) in compliance with applicable federal securities laws. The Company has no obligation to repurchase common stock or warrants under this authorization, and the timing, actual number and value of securities purchased will be made at management’s discretion, taking into consideration the Company’s common stock and warrant prices, market conditions, and other factors.
Since the inception of the program in March 2016 through August 22, 2016, Del Taco has repurchased 990,555 shares at an average price per share of $9.58 and 476,806 warrants at an average price per warrant of $2.11 for an aggregate of $10.5 million with approximately $39.5 million remaining under the increased $50 million authorization.
Founded in 1964 in Southern California, Del Taco (NASDAQ: TACO) is the nation’s second largest Mexican Quick Service Restaurant chain. Known for serving Mexican and American favorites prepared fresh in every restaurants’ working kitchen, Del Taco’s menu items taste better because they are made with fresh ingredients like cheddar cheese grated from 40-lb blocks, hand chopped pico de gallo, fresh sliced avocado, slow cooked beans made from scratch, and fresh-grilled marinated chicken and carne asada steak. In June 2016, Del Taco reinvigorated its UnFreshing Believable® marketing campaign to further communicate its commitment to serve guests everything that they love, including choosing not to choose between tacos and fries, fresh prep and fair price, or great tasting food and the convenience of a drive thru. With nearly 550 restaurants in 16 states, Del Taco serves more than three million guests each week. For more information, follow Del Taco on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or visit www.deltaco.com.